Being a elearning developer, you probably have come across the term LMS, or Learning Management System, well there are probably four major reasons why organisations get an LMS – and any one of these is justification enough to make a purchase I think. The core reason is to manage and administer the learning function itself: classrooms, enrolments, course catalogues (offline and online), reports (of competence) and instructors. The second reason is to facilitate learning. LMSs can be used as a platform and a set of tools to build and deliver (or enable) the learning experience, whether as a content module (often referred to as a learning object or LO) or a series of modules within a whole course based on personalised, collaborative and online learning. Third, there is the emergence of LMSs being adopted as an enterprise-wide learning application. No longer just a system for the L&D department to provide for Induction and Competency based training, the LMS is now seen as a system for the entire company to provide for any type of learning and at all levels. Fourth, from my research in elearning over the years, there is a trend towards using an LMS system as a performance management system (to identify performance gaps and succession planning issues in a company); as a vehicle for individuals to manage their own learning (personalised learning ‘spaces’); and as a key tool in increasing employee retention and enrichment.
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